They finished second in their class, an outstanding achievement as they were sailing against world-class opposition in a class which made up half of the entire fleet.
The competition was the third leg of a series of iconic offshore races staged across the world and comprised more than 600 miles of racing around the islands of Capopassero, Messina, Stromboli, Favignana, Pantelleria and Lampedusa before heading back to Malta.
Team Eos, with an all-Scottish crew led by owner and skipper Stuart, from Glasgow, navigator and tactician Jon Fitzgerald, and John Highcock from Saturn Sails in Largs. The team comprised a mix of young dinghy sailors who have emerged from the Royal Yachting Association's youth squad and experienced Clyde sailors.
Eos sailed in Class 4 which had 46 of the fleet's 94 entrants. They raced for four days and 8½ hours and were beaten by Otra Gez, a J122 sailing out of its home port of Valletta under the American Aaron Gatt, by just 90 seconds. Third was Pita Maha, an Italian X40 sailed by Renzo Grottesi which came in 8½ minutes behind Eos.
It was not the first time Eos has been raced offshore; the team contested the Round Ireland race last year and has also taken part in the Fastnet race. The Middle Sea Race rounded off a three-year programme of offshore competitions.
The race itself was sailed in light winds and tactics were crucial. Eos' asymmetric sails gave the team an advantage as they could sail at tight angles in the race around the islands.
Stuart, a partner with City Park Technologies in Glasgow, Scotland's largest privately-owned call centre, was delighted with the team's performance. He said that the competition had been very tough as tactics played such a large role. His 13-year-old son Angus was a member of Team Eos.
Having been sailed to Malta to compete in the race, Eos is on her way back to Scottish waters and will be ready to compete next season. The performance is sure to put them in firm contention for the Clyde Cruising Club's John Rodger Trophy which goes to the Best Scottish Yacht outwith Scottish Waters.